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VOL. 132 | NO. 49 | Thursday, March 9, 2017

City Seeks Convention Center Hotel Planning Consultant

The Memphis Cook Convention Center renovation is about to get a construction manager and soon to follow will be a price estimate – how much an upgrade to the 40-plus-year-old facility can the city get for its money.

Tigers Facing Tall Order in AAC Tournament

Leven and Mary Williams had come to FedExForum last week for Senior Night. They wanted to see their beloved University of Memphis Tigers one more time and, who knows, maybe see Dedric Lawson play at home for the last time.

Former US Attorney Ed Stanton Joins Butler Snow

Former U.S. Attorney Edward Stanton III is joining Butler Snow LLP as part of the law firm’s commercial litigation practice group and its white-collar compliance and government investigations team. He will be based in Memphis.

Muslims in Memphis Series Draws Increased Attendance

It’s been 15 years since former Mayor Willie Herenton declared March the month to acknowledge Muslims in Memphis, and that celebration has grown substantially since then, especially in recent years.

Last Word: There Goes the Off-Election Year, Pinch Plans Move and No Permit

Here we go again. When the new year began, 2017 looked to be an off-election year in most of Shelby County. Some Arlington aldermen and school board races were the only elections on tap for the year. But the months leading up to the September elections in Arlington are filling up.

Local Weather
Memphis, TN
Mostly Cloudy
Wind: South at 5.8 mph
Humidity: 69%


Party at the Plaza, a kickoff party for a yearlong art installation by Cat Peña, will be held Thursday, March 9, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the plaza at 600 Monroe Ave. (at Marshall Avenue). Hosted by the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, The Edge District and Downtown Memphis Commission, the party will include live music by John Paul Keith, beer from High Cotton Brewing, and more. Cost is free. Visit downtownmemphis.com.

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Allegiant Extends Nonstop MEM-LAX Flights

Allegiant Airlines’ seasonal nonstop flight from Memphis International Airport to Los Angeles International Airport is set to become a permanent route.

Council Approves $6.1 Million Crime Grant

Memphis City Council members approved Tuesday, March 7, a $6.1 million four-year grant from the Memphis-Shelby Crime Commission to Memphis police for retention bonuses.


'Heartbeat Bill' Put Off a Year

NASHVILLE – Legislation outlawing abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected is being postponed until 2018, but a House panel voted Wednesday to restrict abortions after the 20th week, a shift from the 24-week period defining “viability.”

Akbari Calls for Task Force to Study Kindergarten Suspensions

NASHVILLE – State Rep. Raumesh Akbari is altering her strategy on legislation to reduce suspension of kindergartners, seeking a task force study on the matter rather than an immediate and outright ban.

House Committee Delays Haslam's Transportation Bill

NASHVILLE – A split House Transportation Committee slammed the brakes Tuesday on Gov. Bill Haslam’s IMPROVE Act, even though it contains a measure to use the sales tax for transportation funding instead of raising fuel taxes.

Tennessee Transgender Bathroom Bill Postponed

NASHVILLE – Legislation requiring public school students to use restrooms based on their sex at birth is on hold.

View From the Hill: Outsourcing Win More About Turf Than Trends

As Fall Creek Falls folks celebrate a state decision to postpone park privatization, the question is whether public opposition or failure to follow long-standing state protocol led to the plug-pulling.

Senate Panel Defeats Tennessee Pot Decriminalization Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A bill seeking to reduce the penalty for possessing small amounts of marijuana in Tennessee has been extinguished in a state Senate committee.


New Midtown Brewery Files $1.2M Building Permit Application

1350 Concourse Ave. , Memphis, TN 38104  -
Crosstown Brewing Co. has filed a $1.2 million building permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement for its new location at the Crosstown Concourse.


Ready to Learn and Teach

I have heard it said many times that when the student is ready, the teacher appears. The wisdom in understanding this is being open to learning, and prepared to teach what you learn, when either opportunity presents itself.

Regional Innovation Underutilized in Memphis

In San Francisco, the Bay Area Economic Council developed the Innovation Driven Economic Development Model to address shifts from old economies of the industrial age to new, creative economies. With this approach, economic growth sits at the intersection of expertise, interaction or collaboration, diversity, and application with innovation all working in concert.


Site of Nashville Sit-Ins to be Restored as Restaurant

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The site of civil rights sit-ins in 1960, the Woolworth building in downtown Nashville, will reclaim its historic look as it becomes a soul food restaurant with live music.


Mississippi House to Colleges: Fly Flag or Lose Tax Break

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Mississippi universities that refuse to fly the Confederate-themed state flag could lose proposed tax breaks, the latest twist in a long battle over a symbol critics see as racist.


Women Go on Strike in US to Show Their Economic Clout

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Some American women stayed home from work, joined rallies or wore red to demonstrate their economic clout Wednesday as part of a multitude of International Women's Day events held around the globe.

Pew: US Labor Force Would Shrink Without New Immigrants

WASHINGTON (AP) – America's work force will only grow over the next two decades if new immigrants arrive to replace retiring Baby Boomers, a report from the Pew Research Center finds.

Survey: Private Employers Added Robust 298K Jobs Last Month

WASHINGTON (AP) – U.S. businesses added the most jobs in three years last month, a private survey found, a sign that hiring may be accelerating from last year's modest levels.


Will WikiLeaks Work With Tech Firms to Defend CIA Hacking?

WASHINGTON (AP) – The anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks raised the prospect Wednesday of sharing sensitive details it uncovered about CIA hacking tools with leading technology companies whose flagship products and services were targeted by the U.S. government's hacker-spies.

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